Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Searching Flickr using sketches

From Drawn: The Illustration Blog, I got the link to Retrievr, an experimental site for searching photos from Flickr using sketches. The screenshot above shows my query and its results.

It's a neat concept, though right now I'd say the results are still hit-and-miss. I don't know if it has more to do with the size of the database available to it or with the algorithm.

It works primarily, I think, by matching colors rather than outlines. I first tried it with some simple black-and-white sketches and all I got were black-and-white photos. The colored drawing above resulted in color results, more or less matching the colors of my sketch.

Definitely worth a try, though.

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